Ex-Saints boss Glenn Hoddle: I was close to Spurs job

GLENN HODDLE

GLENN HODDLE

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Glenn Hoddle claims he came close to returning as Tottenham manager following Andre-Villas Boas' sacking.

The former Saints boss was at the White Hart Lane helm between 2001 and 2003, but that stint was far less successful than his distinguished playing career with the club.

Despite that and the fact he has been without a job in club management since being sacked by Wolves in 2006, Hoddle has made little secret of his desire to manage Spurs, who host Saints on Sunday, once more.

The 56-year-old claims that nearly happened in December when Villas-Boas departed, only for Tim Sherwood to eventually be named successor.

''I nearly went there this time round until the end of the season,'' Hoddle said. ''I said I was prepared to do that.

''I wouldn't have been prepared to do it for any other club apart from Tottenham because it's in my DNA.

''Although I've had great times at other clubs, there's just something in there about Tottenham and myself that goes back to when I was eight years old.

''So if that was the case, and it nearly became the case, I would have been happy to go back, but they made their decision and they've moved on.''

While understandably frustrated not to get the job, Hoddle cannot have failed to be impressed by the manner in which Sherwood began life at White Hart Lane. Things have gone awry of late, though, and the under-fire boss only narrowly avoided overseeing a fourth straight defeat in Thursday's Europa League last-16 tie at Benfica. The 2-2 draw in Lisbon may not have been enough to see them through the quarter-finals, but helped restore some pride towards the end of a campaign in which Spurs' £100million-plus summer outlay has disappointed.

''There hasn't been enough continuity and consistency there on and off the pitch,'' Hoddle said on the season to date. ''The signings that were made at the start of the season for nearly £100million haven't really produced. I've got to say that. ''Maybe they might produce next year once they've settled in and had another year in the Premier League but I think things need to settle. ''If you're going to do anything you need a steady boat rather than a boat that keeps being rocked. ''The amount of money that's been spent there, I'd imagine that the fans and the club itself, you know, directors, would be looking and wanting a bit more consistency but they've got to show consistency off the pitch to get it on it.''

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1:18pm Fri 21 Mar 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

waster
waster worried of n e hampshire
  • Score: 3

1:22pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Just can't forgive this guy for walking out on us with 10 games to go, just so he could try and win the FA cup, first time I have ever supported Arsenal in my life. Who remembers the "be a gooner for a day" shirts?
Sweet justice a year or two later! 3-1 to us a WHL and he got the sack! Priceless!
I met him at Staplewood once and he was not the driving force behind Saints (or any other club he managed) it was all down to John Gorman, he was the genius. Hoddle just walked around looking at the ground with his hands in his pockets.
Just can't forgive this guy for walking out on us with 10 games to go, just so he could try and win the FA cup, first time I have ever supported Arsenal in my life. Who remembers the "be a gooner for a day" shirts? Sweet justice a year or two later! 3-1 to us a WHL and he got the sack! Priceless! I met him at Staplewood once and he was not the driving force behind Saints (or any other club he managed) it was all down to John Gorman, he was the genius. Hoddle just walked around looking at the ground with his hands in his pockets. Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 10

1:22pm Fri 21 Mar 14

costa gaz says...

If he could improve his man-management skills, he'd be a very good manager. imho.
If he could improve his man-management skills, he'd be a very good manager. imho. costa gaz
  • Score: 0

1:42pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Rockstone says...

costa gaz wrote:
If he could improve his man-management skills, he'd be a very good manager. imho.
That will never happen
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: If he could improve his man-management skills, he'd be a very good manager. imho.[/p][/quote]That will never happen Rockstone
  • Score: 0

1:44pm Fri 21 Mar 14

justaSaintsfan says...

I don't care where he finds employment, as long as he doesn't come back to Southampton FC!!!
I don't care where he finds employment, as long as he doesn't come back to Southampton FC!!! justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 9

1:55pm Fri 21 Mar 14

miltonarcher says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Just can't forgive this guy for walking out on us with 10 games to go, just so he could try and win the FA cup, first time I have ever supported Arsenal in my life. Who remembers the "be a gooner for a day" shirts?
Sweet justice a year or two later! 3-1 to us a WHL and he got the sack! Priceless!
I met him at Staplewood once and he was not the driving force behind Saints (or any other club he managed) it was all down to John Gorman, he was the genius. Hoddle just walked around looking at the ground with his hands in his pockets.
Crass troll like comments. You are a typical troll, posting stuff behind the protection of your keyboard, you wouldn't have the guts to say that to his face would you? No, thought not.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Just can't forgive this guy for walking out on us with 10 games to go, just so he could try and win the FA cup, first time I have ever supported Arsenal in my life. Who remembers the "be a gooner for a day" shirts? Sweet justice a year or two later! 3-1 to us a WHL and he got the sack! Priceless! I met him at Staplewood once and he was not the driving force behind Saints (or any other club he managed) it was all down to John Gorman, he was the genius. Hoddle just walked around looking at the ground with his hands in his pockets.[/p][/quote]Crass troll like comments. You are a typical troll, posting stuff behind the protection of your keyboard, you wouldn't have the guts to say that to his face would you? No, thought not. miltonarcher
  • Score: -25

2:11pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Saintsayer II says...

This could quite easily be linked to the story about our academy If I remember right he hasn't had any club involvement since 2005 because he has set up and runs a few academys of his own around Europe Good guy to know if you want to import some young talent and he has been very complimentary of the Southampton Way just lately
This could quite easily be linked to the story about our academy If I remember right he hasn't had any club involvement since 2005 because he has set up and runs a few academys of his own around Europe Good guy to know if you want to import some young talent and he has been very complimentary of the Southampton Way just lately Saintsayer II
  • Score: -1

2:13pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Jesus_02 says...

miltonarcher wrote:
Norwegian Saint wrote:
Just can't forgive this guy for walking out on us with 10 games to go, just so he could try and win the FA cup, first time I have ever supported Arsenal in my life. Who remembers the "be a gooner for a day" shirts?
Sweet justice a year or two later! 3-1 to us a WHL and he got the sack! Priceless!
I met him at Staplewood once and he was not the driving force behind Saints (or any other club he managed) it was all down to John Gorman, he was the genius. Hoddle just walked around looking at the ground with his hands in his pockets.
Crass troll like comments. You are a typical troll, posting stuff behind the protection of your keyboard, you wouldn't have the guts to say that to his face would you? No, thought not.
I would he is a t0$$er... The club gave him a way back in when others wouldn't and for the sake of 10 games he showed his true colours.

PS look up what troll means in the context of internet comments threads. Have you used the tearm correctly, NO, thought not
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Just can't forgive this guy for walking out on us with 10 games to go, just so he could try and win the FA cup, first time I have ever supported Arsenal in my life. Who remembers the "be a gooner for a day" shirts? Sweet justice a year or two later! 3-1 to us a WHL and he got the sack! Priceless! I met him at Staplewood once and he was not the driving force behind Saints (or any other club he managed) it was all down to John Gorman, he was the genius. Hoddle just walked around looking at the ground with his hands in his pockets.[/p][/quote]Crass troll like comments. You are a typical troll, posting stuff behind the protection of your keyboard, you wouldn't have the guts to say that to his face would you? No, thought not.[/p][/quote]I would he is a t0$$er... The club gave him a way back in when others wouldn't and for the sake of 10 games he showed his true colours. PS look up what troll means in the context of internet comments threads. Have you used the tearm correctly, NO, thought not Jesus_02
  • Score: 14

2:38pm Fri 21 Mar 14

costa gaz says...

Love him or hate him, he has the best win ratio for Southampton (in the top flight) in the history of Saints managers. 42.31%.
He deserves another chance in English football.
Love him or hate him, he has the best win ratio for Southampton (in the top flight) in the history of Saints managers. 42.31%. He deserves another chance in English football. costa gaz
  • Score: 2

2:41pm Fri 21 Mar 14

miltonarcher says...

costa gaz wrote:
Love him or hate him, he has the best win ratio for Southampton (in the top flight) in the history of Saints managers. 42.31%.
He deserves another chance in English football.
At last, a sensible post.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Love him or hate him, he has the best win ratio for Southampton (in the top flight) in the history of Saints managers. 42.31%. He deserves another chance in English football.[/p][/quote]At last, a sensible post. miltonarcher
  • Score: -4

3:31pm Fri 21 Mar 14

CivicCentered says...

costa gaz wrote:
Love him or hate him, he has the best win ratio for Southampton (in the top flight) in the history of Saints managers. 42.31%. He deserves another chance in English football.
I'm pretty sure that he managed 2 other clubs after Saints... Remind me how that went again...
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Love him or hate him, he has the best win ratio for Southampton (in the top flight) in the history of Saints managers. 42.31%. He deserves another chance in English football.[/p][/quote]I'm pretty sure that he managed 2 other clubs after Saints... Remind me how that went again... CivicCentered
  • Score: 2

3:31pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Come back Glenn me Parrot loves his Nuts!
Come back Glenn me Parrot loves his Nuts! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: -5

4:00pm Fri 21 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

A Poll on a Spuds webb site asks Hoddle or Sherwood? It's currently showing 62% for Glen.
A Poll on a Spuds webb site asks Hoddle or Sherwood? It's currently showing 62% for Glen. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

4:07pm Fri 21 Mar 14

dosomethingwithyourlife says...

Yes Glen i'm sure they did!!!

To quote Tony Cascarino - if he was an ice cream he'd lick himself!!!! Says it all. He just can't get the fact that he's a has been and no club's will touch him.
Yes Glen i'm sure they did!!! To quote Tony Cascarino - if he was an ice cream he'd lick himself!!!! Says it all. He just can't get the fact that he's a has been and no club's will touch him. dosomethingwithyourlife
  • Score: 4

4:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

hedge end bob says...

When he managed Dave Jone's side he did very well. He then went to Spurs bought his own players and took them tothe dizzy position of 3rd from BOTTOM before getting sacked.
When he managed Dave Jone's side he did very well. He then went to Spurs bought his own players and took them tothe dizzy position of 3rd from BOTTOM before getting sacked. hedge end bob
  • Score: 4

5:10pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

dosomethingwithyourl
ife
wrote:
Yes Glen i'm sure they did!!!

To quote Tony Cascarino - if he was an ice cream he'd lick himself!!!! Says it all. He just can't get the fact that he's a has been and no club's will touch him.
Wise words - as ever - from Tony Cascarino.

He p!ssed me off once for the way he left and didn't even bother to say goodbye to the players, then he did it again for breaking his promise to the club that he would add an ex-manager's comment to Matt's farewell programme.

That double silence speaks louder than words.
[quote][p][bold]dosomethingwithyourl ife[/bold] wrote: Yes Glen i'm sure they did!!! To quote Tony Cascarino - if he was an ice cream he'd lick himself!!!! Says it all. He just can't get the fact that he's a has been and no club's will touch him.[/p][/quote]Wise words - as ever - from Tony Cascarino. He p!ssed me off once for the way he left and didn't even bother to say goodbye to the players, then he did it again for breaking his promise to the club that he would add an ex-manager's comment to Matt's farewell programme. That double silence speaks louder than words. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 3

5:42pm Fri 21 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Just can't forgive this guy for walking out on us with 10 games to go, just so he could try and win the FA cup, first time I have ever supported Arsenal in my life. Who remembers the "be a gooner for a day" shirts?
Sweet justice a year or two later! 3-1 to us a WHL and he got the sack! Priceless!
I met him at Staplewood once and he was not the driving force behind Saints (or any other club he managed) it was all down to John Gorman, he was the genius. Hoddle just walked around looking at the ground with his hands in his pockets.
where is gorman now ?????????????
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Just can't forgive this guy for walking out on us with 10 games to go, just so he could try and win the FA cup, first time I have ever supported Arsenal in my life. Who remembers the "be a gooner for a day" shirts? Sweet justice a year or two later! 3-1 to us a WHL and he got the sack! Priceless! I met him at Staplewood once and he was not the driving force behind Saints (or any other club he managed) it was all down to John Gorman, he was the genius. Hoddle just walked around looking at the ground with his hands in his pockets.[/p][/quote]where is gorman now ????????????? mickey01
  • Score: -1

11:21am Sat 22 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

mickey01 wrote:
Norwegian Saint wrote:
Just can't forgive this guy for walking out on us with 10 games to go, just so he could try and win the FA cup, first time I have ever supported Arsenal in my life. Who remembers the "be a gooner for a day" shirts?
Sweet justice a year or two later! 3-1 to us a WHL and he got the sack! Priceless!
I met him at Staplewood once and he was not the driving force behind Saints (or any other club he managed) it was all down to John Gorman, he was the genius. Hoddle just walked around looking at the ground with his hands in his pockets.
where is gorman now ?????????????
He retired from football in 2012 after a spell as Assistant Manager at MK Dons it is said, he is 64 years old.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Just can't forgive this guy for walking out on us with 10 games to go, just so he could try and win the FA cup, first time I have ever supported Arsenal in my life. Who remembers the "be a gooner for a day" shirts? Sweet justice a year or two later! 3-1 to us a WHL and he got the sack! Priceless! I met him at Staplewood once and he was not the driving force behind Saints (or any other club he managed) it was all down to John Gorman, he was the genius. Hoddle just walked around looking at the ground with his hands in his pockets.[/p][/quote]where is gorman now ?????????????[/p][/quote]He retired from football in 2012 after a spell as Assistant Manager at MK Dons it is said, he is 64 years old. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

7:11am Sun 23 Mar 14

derek james says...

he might last a year or so at whl the manager's average reign there
he might last a year or so at whl the manager's average reign there derek james
  • Score: 0

9:20am Sun 23 Mar 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Milton... Haaaahaaaa... Congratulations, first time I've been called a troll.
You stupid boy Pike! :-D
Milton... Haaaahaaaa... Congratulations, first time I've been called a troll. You stupid boy Pike! :-D Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 2

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